Author: Kimberly Lewis
Format: ebook via Tasty Tours
My Rating: ✺✺✺✺
Synopsis: Letting go of the past is never easy…
Jenna Olsen has spent the last four years trying to move on from the heartache that tore her world apart, but when Cole Sullivan suddenly shows up back in town all of those feelings come flooding back…and even some new ones she didn’t know were possible.
Leaving town all those years ago was necessary, but now that Cole finally has a handle on his life he decides to return home to his family, friends, and the woman he just can’t forget.
Coming back home though comes with its costs, and Cole ultimately has to decide…will he be able to fight his inner demons to keep Jenna in his life, or will the chance of hurting her again be too much to risk?
My eyes scan across the page of my current read, and I tug on my bottom lip with my teeth. It’s a sexy book, scorching to be quite honest, to the point where I’m almost embarrassed to be reading it. But that’s not what’s got me tugging on my lip and practically squirming in my lounge chair. I may be reading about a drop-dead sexy widowed rancher and his new love interest, but all I see in my mind is Cole.
Oh my goodness. Cole.
The things my subconscious came up with last night in my dreams were enough make a prostitute blush. I should be ashamed for even thinking such things about him, even though I wasn’t in a controlled state of mind, but I am so far from shameful it’s ridiculous. The feel of his hands gliding up my legs, my hips, my stomach, my breasts; the taste of his mouth; and the way my skin beaded wherever his lips landed—it was all so real that I woke up slightly disappointed.
Okay, I was very disappointed.
I jump at the sound of Cole’s deep voice, causing my floppy sun hat to fall over my eyes.
“Sorry,” Cole apologizes. “I didn’t mean to scare you. Again.” He bends down next to me and grabs my book. I must’ve dropped it when he startled me. “Taken by the Rancher,” he reads aloud, and I feel my cheeks flame with heat at his knowing grin. “Sounds like a real page turner.”
I take the book from his outstretched hand and adjust my red bikini before I relax back onto the lounge chair. Cole takes the seat next to me.
“Is this what you’re going to do all day?” he asks me, and I turn to look at him. His head is resting against the back of the lounge chair, his face turned to the sun as he soaks up the rays. “Veg out and read your porn?”
My jaw falls and I slap him with the book. “It is not porn, thank you very much.”
He laughs and tilts his head toward me, his eyes bright with amusement. “Do they have sex?”
I lift my chin with a very Scarlett O’Hara defiance. “Yes, they make love.”
“A lot?” Cole asks with a raised brow and a grin that twists my insides.
“Define a lot,” I say.He laughs and shakes his head. “You’ve got porn.”
Bestselling author Kimberly Lewis writes sweet, sexy contemporary romances filled with heart and humor.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories. After dabbling in many genres, Kimberly rediscovered her love of romance stories and soon after published her first novel.
Kimberly still lives on the good old Eastern Shore of Maryland with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and spirited Doberman Pinschers. Along with writing, Kimberly enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her amazing family.
A quick and steamy read!
Jenna is staying at a friend's lake house, temporarily, and hoping to get a bit of alone time. But when she hears someone entering the house in the middle of the night, a panicked Jenna picks up the closest thing she can to defend herself: a teapot. Unfortunately, her efforts are useless. But fortunately, the intruder isn't really an intruder, at all. He's her friends' brother.
Cole was expecting his family's lake house to be empty. So when he comes across Jenna, he is surprised and a little worried. He hasn't seen her or his family in years, after leaving to escape his tragic past. But now that he's back, he intends to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to him: both a new career and a chance with Jenna.
Their road to romance doesn't come without its obstacles, however. Cole's family may not be happy to hear that he is in town and hadn't informed them. Jenna may be attracted to Cole but they do have a history which could cause old hurts to interfere with their happily ever after. And Cole still hasn't gotten over the guilt of being unable to save someone from his past. All of these troubles, and more, will have to be worked through in order for the two of them to find peace together.
I really liked this novella. I don't say that often. I usually find novellas to be lacking in some way. This one, though, felt like a complete story. And even though it was half the length of the books I usually read, it still had character growth and development, steamy romance, and conflict with moderate resolution.
This novella really did deliver on all sides. I am excited to see what else this author has to offer! Four suns!